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Waiting For Godot

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Introduction

Time Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett begins with two men on a country road by a leafless tree. Vladimir and Estragon are waiting for Godot. Vladimir and Estragon do not know if they've met Godot, if they're waiting in the right place, if it is the right day, or even whether Godot is going to show up at all. While they wait, Vladimir and Estragon fill their time with ordinary activities and unimportant conversations. Time brings many problems in Waiting for Godot. The title of the play reveals the whole story: waiting. Vladimir and Estragon are forced to get through many days while they anticipate the arrival of a man who never comes. Since they have nothing to do but wait, time is an obstacle that tests their ability to wait for Godot. ...read more.

Middle

They wouldn't even let us up. (Estragon tears at his boot.) What are you doing?" Estragon responds, "Taking off my boot. Did that never happen to you?" Then, Vladimir tells Estragon, "Boots must betaken off every day, I'm tired telling you that." (Page 3). Here, we are introduced to a repeating routine for Vladimir and Estragon. Then, Vladimir and Estragon are talking about waiting for Godot. Vladimir says, "We'll come back to-morrow." Estragon replies, "And then the day after to-morrow." (Page 9). This shows that life increases but time is meaningless to Vladimir and Estragon. They have nothing better to do than wait. On page 10, Vladimir and Estragon are arguing about what day Godot said he would arrive. ...read more.

Conclusion

It seems that time changes from Act 1 to Act 2 in that the tree has grown leaves in a single night. This may indicate a change of seasons. Also, time significantly changes and affects Pozzo and Lucky because Pozzo goes blind and Lucky loses his ability to speak. Pozzo says, "Don't question me! The blind have no notion ... of time. The things of time are hidden from them too." He is saying that he is "blind" to time, or cannot understand its workings. Waiting for Godot is based on the fact that time has no arranged cycle or sequence. This means that time is meaningless. Vladimir and Estragon pass time by doing the same thing everyday- waiting for Godot. Vladimir and Estragon begin to realize they have knowledge of how long they have been waiting for Godot. Therefore, time is significant because the never-ending waiting reduces the meaning of their life. ...read more.

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